Following the latest ’90s fashion craze is the return of shirts tied around the waist! I remember being scolded by teachers way back in 3rd grade because my classmates and I would often tie jackets on our waists as a sort of uniform accessory, and it was greatly discouraged. Not surprisingly though, since we couldn’t even wear colored hair ties or pluck our eyebrows. Ah, but I digress.
Anyhow, wrapping flannel shirts and leather jackets around the waist used to be part of a whole grunge look (think ripped denim, Chuck Taylors and Doc Martens) , but an updated version of the trend has sprung out of recent F/W collections. Kanye West sported it with a tailored jacket, while Rita Ora wore it with black peeptoe heels. What a lovely juxtaposition of dressy and casual.
While doing research on this trend, I saw a photo of a girl wearing a white button-down, a white skirt, a statement necklace and classy high heels. My favorite part? She tied a light-washed denim jacket on her waist as a cool contrast to her classy outfit. I’m so inspired to try something similar soon!
Let the nostalgic feels begin. What do you think of this comeback?
(Forever 21 top, Topshop pants, Massimo Dutti shirt, Guess heels, Romwe necklace) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
P.S. Owning the most overrated blogger title, since I can’t remember the number of times I’ve been called overrated in this lifetime. :P
Semi-summer dressing. Can you see the effort? I’ve always mentioned that summer is my least favorite season and that it is really not my element to spend all my time at the beach, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing bright and colorful, strictly no-black outfits such as this one! Couldn’t help but throw in a powder blue blazer though, as I can never, ever get over any form of outerwear, especially if it’s in my favorite color.
It’s raining as I type this, and I’m overjoyed that summer is officially over. It’s time to bring out all my knits again!
Posted this on Lookbook quite some time ago but only getting to post it here now. Last weekend was a complete whirlwind of emotions for the whole Go/Gosingtian family, but I’m generally okay now. It has already been 3 days since then, though we had been preparing for it for what seemed like an eternity. Life for all of us left here must go on, when all is said and done.
I was originally planning to write a whole usually-shallow entry on recycling outfit concepts with completely different pieces, considering that it wasn’t long ago that I wore a similar outfit with more or less the same color scheme. But I’m only human, after all - I get lazy and I also have other things in life to worry about besides what I’ll be wearing for the day. I’ll get to that part later this week, after I find time to slow life down for a bit, organize my thoughts and prepare myself to immortalize one of the most major events that ever happened my life in this blog.
Say hello to what I call my ultimate dyslexia top! Some of the letters are flipped, making it almost impossible to understand at first glance. It would take you a good few seconds (given you have perfect eyesight) to take it all in and realize what the message is. If you don’t want to go through the effort, I’ll just type it out. It says, “Don’t you think now is the time to be adventurous while we’re still young?” While I think we can be adventurous at any age, I do feel that I’m in the prime of my youth and that it’s the perfect time to try out new things and have fun, without all the serious stuff (like health problems and physical limitations for example) that goes with growing old.
I don’t have a lot of graphic tops but I just felt drawn to this particular one as soon as I saw it on a mannequin in the MURUA store at Parco (same place where I bought my EMODA dress from my previous entry). I guess I thought it would be a good reminder to my ever-so-introverted and conservative self, to dare to go out more and not be so anti-social like I always am. Note to self: Be more adventurous, meet new people, be open to more opportunities, have fun, etc.
Anyhow, it’s not the first time I’ve mentioned MURUA here before. As with EMODA, it’s one of the most popular MODE brands out there, if not one of the pioneers of the movement. Recently, they got Kate Lanphear to style their fashion show, as well as to collaborate on some exclusive designs for the brand. How cool is that? MODE is really going global these days. I’m still waiting for the day when MURUA decides to open a global webstore just like EMODA. T_T
On another note, my bag is also from Japanese brand moussy. Got it from their Canal City store. Their recent campaign features Charlotte Free (and her fabulous pink hair), and I remember them also getting Agyness Deyn a few years back. I absolutely love visiting them specifically for the bags and shoes. This one that I have here is such a gem with its classic design with a hint of edginess, studs and all. It can also fit so many things inside, including my camera - my primary requirement for everyday bags.
P.S. Thanks to SNSD I Got A Boy, I am OBSESSED with flat brim caps! I need more!
(Motel Rocks dress, Topshop blazer, Freedom heels, Forever 21 belt, Balenciaga bag, Lannel Boutique MAC Russian Red lipstick) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks Kristin for helping me out with these pics!
Recently I’ve been keeping a lot of my older clothes out of my closet because I suddenly couldn’t help looking at them anymore. It’s extremely hard for me to let go of my clothes, especially the ones that were my favorite at some point. However, my age is getting the best of me and now I feel like I have to start looking more grown up, and let go of that teeny bopper girl that used to post so many cutesy things on her deviantART back in 2006. Fast forward to 2013 and I swear my tastes have changed so immensely that I never thought I could even pull something like this off in a million years. I have not exposed my chest in a looong time, lol. I love my high neck and collared tops and dresses too much.
Well, to be honest, I am still not completely comfortable taking the more mature route all the way, but I think it’s nice that I’m trying out new things. I admit that I’m in a very in-between stage in my life now where I have absolutely no idea what to do anymore, but at least it’s doing my personal style some good by going all confused and making me dare myself to get out of my comfort zone. As to where this will take me, I still have no idea! But hopefully I can transition to a sleeker style as the year passes.
Then I’ll get bored with it and start wearing my ruffly pink socks and ribbons again… The cycle never ends!
What’s the story behind purple and yellow always being used as the color scheme for dessert places? I always found it so fascinating to see these two colors often being paired together, and it’s not like yellow is the first thing I think of when you tell me what color is best to pair with purple (and vice versa).
Here’s a relatively simple and relaxed outfit I wore to a casual dinner with my boyfriend a few days ago. The weather has been absolutely lovely recently! I’ve been raving about it to everyone I run into because I’m in love with cold sweater weather so much (Well, except negative Celsius!) that I don’t really mind sounding like a broken record, lol.
Reduce me to my bare essentials and I assure you that my inner geek will come out. Before this whole blogging thing happened, I spent most of my high school and college time in front of the computer geeking out on pop culture on the Internet, creating graphic and web layouts, watching anime and reading manga as my primary form of relieving stress and passing time, and of course, spending every minute with a camera on my hand. I enjoyed fashion but didn’t let it dictate my life. I liked dressing up once in a while, but didn’t mind wearing my brothers’ oversized shirts to school. And curling irons and circle lenses were once non-existent in my life… *gasp*
Recently, I’ve been going back to these roots in a lot of ways. For one, I dyed my hair back to the same color I had back about 3 years ago. Quite a bold move as I’ve been blonde for a really long time now. I’ve grown sick of being blonde for so long that I don’t even want to look at my old blonde wigs and hair extensions. This is coming from the same person who has always dreamt of going blonde since she was a little girl. Fickle-minded me!
This season, I’m also watching and reading a number of anime and manga again! There was a point in my life (probably around the time I stopped going to cosplay conventions) when I just wanted to spend my free time doing other things. My 3 brothers have constantly lived up to their otaku-ness since Day 1, so it was easy for me to get back into the habit. I’m hooked on Sukitte Iinayo, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Zetsuen no Tempest, K and PSYCHO PASS. I also just finished watching Uta no Prince-sama, Kokoro Connect, Chōyaku Hyakunin isshu: Uta Koi, and Kuroko no Basket. Yeah, you can sue me for loving mostly shoujo and josei stuff, but if it matters, I’m still reading Blade of the Immortal (at least).
Most of the things I’m doing now take a lot from my old self… not that I liked my old self better. I’ll never trade my present self for anything else. To be honest, it’s very easy to lose yourself with all the things happening around you, especially if the community that you are in is one that requires you to show a public face. Some people try to create a different persona to suit their audience, and I could totally understand why’d they want to do that. Perhaps they want to preserve the little privacy that is still left with them? Perhaps they’re only protecting their “real selves” in the process? We’ll never really know. All I know is that it seems difficult, especially if you created something that’s *too* different from who you really are.
I’m not totally innocent. I’ve also had my fair share of moments when wanted to appear a certain way to other people. At one point I wanted to fit in and be the type who would tote designer bags and know everything about fashion by heart. Of course, I fail, because I’m too awkward for my own good, and I’m the kind of immensely introverted geek who cannot act to save her own life, more so pretend to be a know-it-all in the realm of fashion. In the end, I guess I’m stuck with presenting my 100% real self by default! Let’s just talk about things we can all easily relate to, shall we?
This is one of my displays of intense optimism, lol. Failures aren’t all that bad. They actually teach us to become better people, and sometimes, they even save you from becoming someone that you shouldn’t be. :)
Day 6 features this girly outfit that makes use of gray and black. Gray top and leatherette skirt? Sounds very badass and rocker to me! Girly doesn’t always have to be pink and creamy all the time in my book. Sometimes the combination of certain unusual items can create a more interesting look than what we usually see.
Pair these items with a blue cardigan, a gold ribbon bag, and some cute yellow pumps and you’ll be surprised how much these dark-colored items can transform.
The black socks and yellow shoes combination was actually inspired by Minnie Mouse! I’ll be flying to Hong Kong for a holiday this October, and I can’t wait to go to Disneyland with one of my good friends. Maybe I’ll do an all-out Minnie-inspired outfit then!
Here’s a variation with an added pearl necklace, because it automatically adds a certain kind of elegance to a seemingly casual outfit. Recently I’ve been so tempted to bling all my clothes with pearl collars (ala my EMODA chiffon tops). Can’t seem to get enough of them!
Anyhow, I think this will be the last of my MOFW Singapore posts! Why I won’t do a Day 7 has something to do with limited resources - I don’t have any more new Singapore blogshop/brand items to feature, honestly. T_T Not bad for a first time though? Please do watch out for my next MOFW next month, where I’ll be doing a few days of Australian fashion posts after I post my travel diary to Melbourne!